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Probate covers the area of law when someone has died, whether they have left a will or not, and how their assets are distributed. We recognise that this is a particularly difficult time for clients and offer a sympathetic approach, as well as dealing with matters as efficiently and swiftly as possible.

We have a large probate caseload and have encountered various issues in estates in the past. We are able to rely on such experience to deliver the efficient service which we believe this sensitive area of law requires.

Costs and Disbursements

We charge on a time spent basis for probate work and accordingly, the likely cost will vary depending on the size and complexity of the matter.  Where we are instructed to apply for the Grant, collect and distribute the assets, we would estimate our costs to be in the region of £750.00 to £3,000.00 plus VAT. 

In the event of there being only one beneficiary and perhaps one or two bank accounts, then our fees will be at the lower end of the estimate.  Where there are various beneficiaries and several bank accounts, then our fees will be at the higher end of the estimate.  The above quote generally relates to estates where there is a valid will, there are no particularly complex assets, there are no disputes between the beneficiaries and there are no claims made against the Estate.  If the matter becomes more complex, and additional fees are due accordingly, we will let you know.

In addition to our costs, there will be various disbursements due.  These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Probate application fee £155.00 plus 50p for each additional copy.
  • Swearing of the Oath fee £7.00 per executor; £5.00 per administrator where there is no will.
  • Bankruptcy Land Charges search £2.00 per beneficiary.
  • Fee for a notice in the London Gazette
  • Fee for a notice in the Northern Echo

Timescales

How long the matter will take again depends on several factors.  If a full inheritance tax account (IHT400 form) must be submitted, then this will take some while longer than if this is not required as we must receive confirmation from HMRC that we may proceed.  Where a short form IHT205 is required, we would expect to receive the Grant of Probate within a couple of months.  Where the full IHT400 is required, this may take around six months.  The amount and nature of the assets held in the estate will also have an effect on timescales.

To discuss how Cooper Stott can help you in dealing with probate, contact Nigel Cooper, Kathryn Cooper or James Cooper on 0191 384 7210.